Category: birds

Volunteers Enhance Habitat in New Eagle Park

The Boise River Enhancement Network teamed up with Eagle Parks and Recreation to enhance riparian habitat at a new park site along the Boise River in 2019. The project doubled as an outdoor classroom to teach willow harvesting and planting techniques. The site of the future Woods Park includes two ponds that initially had little… Read more »

Barber Dam: The Hydropower Project in our Backyard

By Mary Lucachick The Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project is the closest hydroelectric power plant to Idaho’s capitol.  It’s located about 1/3 mile above Eckert Road east of downtown Boise. Fulcrum, LLC, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, Inc., and Ada County are co-licensees. The 40-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the… Read more »

A Typical Day—in Rhyme

By Tom McCabe The Screech Owl sings in the middle of the night The Juncos are feeding at first light. Goldfinches come—American and Lesser I grab the binos from the dresser. A Robin whinnies and a House Finch sings Mourning Doves come and flutter their wings. A Nuthatch calls as I head out the door… Read more »

Birders Gather Data for Cottonwood Creek Project

by Heidi Ware Carlisle, BSU Intermountain Bird Observatory The east end of Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise will be transformed over the next year. What’s now a mono-culture of turf with scattered mature trees will make way for a vibrant small creek with aquatic and riparian vegetation taking root. Willows, Wood’s Rose, Golden Currant,… Read more »

Urban Reserve Feels the Love

120 youth and adults took to the hillsides at the City of Boise’s Hyatt Hidden Lake Reserve in October to create healthier habitat for birds and reduce fire risk. Armed with shovels of all sizes, trowels, and even a post hole digger, the determined volunteers dug through the rocky soil to plant nearly 2,000 native… Read more »

Sagebrush is the Smell of Home

By Kali Nelson, US Fish and Wildlife Service The Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve in Boise, Idaho is a 44-acre urban reserve. It provides habitat for a multitude of species such as red-winged blackbirds, gadwalls, Pied-billed Grebes, snakes, and others. The welcoming paths give visitors a quick and easy way to add nature into their day…. Read more »

From Weeds to Wetland

By Erin Brooks and Liz Paul Many hands made quick work of planting over 300 trees and shrubs at Jason Cagle’s constructed wetland in Greenleaf on April 20.  The work involved digging into hard-packed dirt, fording the high-flowing Pipe Gulch Creek, working on steep hillsides and remembering how and where to plant the many species… Read more »

IBO’s Boise River Research Station

By Gregory Kaltenecker, IBO Executive Director Most people know about the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Lucky Peak Station high in the Boise foothills. Volunteers help band hundreds of migratory birds there each year. But IBO has a new research station on the Boise River on the pool created by the Barber Dam. This area of the… Read more »

Volunteers Dig In and Dig Out at Hyatt Reserve

More than 90 volunteers made quick work of planting 550 shrubs at the City of Boise’s Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve on April 14 as part of the Boise River Enhancement Network’s cooperative project to improve wildlife habitat and decrease fire risk.  Re-establishing native plants and controlling weeds is recommended in the Boise River Enhancement Plan…. Read more »

More Than Waterfowl at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

By Heidi Ware, Education and Outreach Director for the Intermountain Bird Observatory Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve teems with birds. Birders come to Hyatt in droves for the excellent views of charismatic species like Ruddy Ducks, with their bright blue bills. Or the families of Pied-billed Grebes with their odd, croaking calls and cute zebra-striped babies. Birders and… Read more »